Search continues for Rowland



Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the search for Skandia Township resident John Rowland, who was last seen in the city of Marquette at about 3:30 a.m. Feb. 23.

The vehicle Rowland was driving, a maroon Chevrolet Astro van, was initially found at around 11:15 p.m. Feb. 24 on Forestville Road near Huron Woods Drive in Marquette Township, although officials received a tip that the van was stuck on Forestville Road as early as 6 a.m. Feb. 23.

Rowland was described as 5’11” tall and around 145 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.

The immediate area where the van was located has been searched by Marquette County Search and Rescue. A Michigan State Police helicopter, which had been expected to be used in the search, was diverted to the Central Michigan University shooting on Friday morning.

According to an Associated Press story about the CMU shooting, police at press time were searching for 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. of Plainfield, Illinois, who is suspected of fatally shooting his parents. The university identified the two dead as James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis. Records show they’re from Plainfield, Illinois.

The Civil Air Patrol has accepted the mission to look for Rowland, with a Houghton-based CAP plane used to search in the Forestville area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 906-225-8441.

Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250. Her email address is